Fine hair doesn’t mean you have less hair.
As someone who’s born with naturally fine hair, I spent a good part of my life believing that it was because I had very little hair to begin with. It wasn’t until I was lamenting my supposed lack of hair to a stylist one day that he told me I actually had a lot of hair. Say what? I found it hard to believe considering how tiny and limp my ponytails always looked. The stylist then pointed out that I had fine hair, but that did not automatically translate to less hair.
I’ve since learnt that the key to dealing with fine hair is to first understand it. Here, experts from John Frieda debunk some other common myths about fine hair below.
Myth 1: People with fine hair have very little hair
Truth: As I’ve found out, having fine hair does not necessarily mean that you have less hair. In fact, those who have fine hair can actually have more strands per square centimetre than any other hair type since each strand takes up less space.
Myth 2: Having more hair means your crown will be more voluminous
Truth: The more hair you have, the flatter it may be. This is because each strand comes with its own oil gland – the more hairs you have, the more oil your scalp produces. The result? A disastrous combination of flat and oily hair.
Myth 3: There’s nothing you can do about fine and limp hair
Truth: All hair textures can lack body and volume without the right styling products. For instance, using a formula that is too rich can weigh fine strands down. As fine hair tends to lack the strength to hold volume, use a product that strengthens its internal fibre structure instead. Try the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Advanced Protein Volumiser ($19.90, selected Watsons and Guardian outlets) that has a protein-infused complex to penetrate and boost every single strand. Use it after showering as a daily leave-on treatment.
Myth 4: Using conditioner will weigh fine hair down
Truth: While it’s true that many conditioners contain richer ingredients, the key to avoiding a limp situation is in using conditioner before shampoo. In this way, you’ll hydrate your locks without weighing your strands down.